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MATH 101 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA
3. COURSE DESCRIPTION
Intermediate Algebra is a onesemester course. Topics include graphing,
equations and inequalities in
two variables , rational exponents and roots , quadratic equations, systems of
linear equations, relations
and functions, and exponential and logarithmic functions.
4. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
A. General
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able:
To read the math textbook
To perform the mathematical objectives stated in each lesson
To work cooperatively in small groups
To be attentive and follow directions
To give clear and logical explanations
B. Content
Content objectives are listed in this syllabus after the assignment sheet
C. Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes listed in this syllabus after the assignment sheet and content
objectives.
5. GRADING SCALE
Percent  Grade  Percent  Grade 
92100  A  7879  C+ 
9091  A  7277  C 
8889  B+  7071  C 
8287  B  6069  D 
8081  B  059  F 
6. GRADING CRITERIA AND REQUIREMENTS
Class Participation: (15%) Students must take advantage of opportunities to
share problem solutions at
the board, correct any test mistakes, possibly do computer labs, journals, and
visit the LRC tutoring
center. Classroom participation is mandatory. Attendance will be factored into
your grade here.
Homework: (15%) At the beginning of each class period you will turn in
your homework. To earn full
credit, you must write down the problem, show any necessary work, arrive at the
correct solution, and
circle or highlight your solution please. Indicate your name, homework number
and Math 101 1 in the
top right hand margin of your homework paper(s).
Quizzes: (10%) Quizzes may or may not be announced but will only cover the
most recent material.
Always be prepared! Some quiz scores may be dropped at semester’s end.
Tests: (40%) Think of our 7 chapter tests as opportunities to excel. Please
complete the tests in pencil,
and of course, you must show all scrap work neatly numbered. Your lowest test
score will be dropped if
you miss three (3) or fewer classes.
Exam: (20%) The final examination will be taken on Tuesday, December 16 from
10:15  12:15.
PLAN AHEAD: Do NOT ask to take the exam at any other time because of travel
commitments.
7. MAKE UP POLICY
Homework will be handed in daily. Late homework (even due to absence) may be
given reduced credit
and will not be accepted for full credit after the assignments have been
returned to the class. Random
homework problems will be checked daily. Credit will be granted only if you show
your work and it is
correct. Quizzes may be planned or unannounced. Missed quizzes and tests may
NOT be made up.
8. ATTENDANCE POLICY/ WITHDRAWAL POLICY
Punctual class attendance is required and will be factored into your class
participation grade. 100 %
attendance is expected. Try not to miss any class. Your attendance grade will
drop by 10% for each
absence. Three tardies count as an absence. Perfect attendance will be rewarded
by dropping a second
low quiz score at the end of the semester. September 1 is the last day to drop a
class. October 31 is the
last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of W. December 11 is the last day
for class withdrawal with
a WP or WF.
9. OTHER INFORMATION
• Reminder:
In order to be successful, you need to be a participant, not a spectator.
YOU are responsible for your
own education. I will facilitate, encourage, counsel, guide, and support your
learning. Merely being
present expecting someone to feed you information does not mean you are
learning. People become
educated because of the work they themselves do. You must be actively engaged.
In our class,
checking the answers in the back of the book is essential. You are expected to
preview the section that
will be covered in class the following day. As you read the text, work the
margin problems as directed.
• Special Needs/ Learning Disabilities:
You are encouraged to make known to us any problems that may make it difficult
for you to learn math.
We will do our best to work with you to help you succeed. Any special
accommodations must be
requested in advance, and only after appropriate paperwork has been received by
me from Brother Chris
Dreyer, Director of Student Counseling Services. For more info, consult your
Student Handbook.
• Good Advice:
If you are ever discouraged or have concerns or questions, do not hesitate to
talk with me. Please call or
make an appointment, or just drop by during office hours, or visit me at the
Learning Resource Center
during my scheduled hours.
• Tutoring:
You are encouraged to make use of the Learning Resource Center. Hours are posted
on the
bulletin board in the Max and on the internet. ( www.hccnd.edu/tutoring
) Peer tutors, adult
tutors, and teachers are available to help you FREE OF CHARGE. If your grades
falter, you may
be required to visit the tutoring center as part of your class
participation grade. Videotapes of all
lectures are also available at the library for viewing in the LRC or your dorm.
A CD is included
with your text that has a video lesson for each section from the text, as well
as practice problems.
You have 24/7 web access to textspecific tutorials, and live, oneonone help
from a qualified
instructor on the web during specific hours.
• Academic honesty policy/classroom conduct policy/student athlete
policies:
The student should consult the student handbook if he has questions about
appropriate
classroom conduct or attire, students’ rights, academic honesty policy, or
student athlete policies.
Cell phones should not be used or in sight during class times. Student athletes
are responsible
for any missed work
• Important Dates:
September 1  is the last day to add/drop a class 
October 18 26  is fall break 
October 31  is the last day for class withdrawal with W 
November 2630  is Thanksgiving break 
December 11  is last day for class withdrawal with WP or WF 
December 12,13, 15, 16  are final exams 
December 16  Tuesday, 10:15 to 12:15 is your math final exam 
PLAN AHEAD: Do NOT ask to take the exam at any other time because of travel commitments.
10. ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE
Date  Classroom / Lesson  Assignment Due  
Mon  8/25  Introduction  None  
Wed  8/27  3.1 Rectangular Coordinate Graphing  HW # 1  p. 150: 120 all 
Fri  8/29  3.2 Slope  HW # 2  3.1: 1 – 29 odd (note: answers in back of book) 
Mon  9/1  3.3 Equation of a Line  HW # 3  3.2: 1  34, every 3^{rd} problem 
Wed  9/3  3.4 Linear Inequalities in Two Variables  HW # 4  3.2: 14, 26, 28, 30, 32 
3.3: 1 – 43, every 3^{rd} problem  
Fri  9/5  Review  HW # 5  3.3: 20, 24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 38, 42, 44 
3.4: 1 – 28, every 3^{rd} problem  
Mon  9/8  TEST # 1: 3.13.4  HW # 6  3.4: 12, 20, 24, 26 
Ch T: 122 all  
Wed  9/10  7.1 Rational Exponents  HW # 7:  p. 490: 120 all 
p. 502: 8096 even  
p. 510: 7492 even  
Fri  9/12  7.2 More Rational Exponents  HW # 8  7.1: 1, 7, 13, 19, 25, 31, 37, 43, 49, 55 
61, 67, 71  
Mon  9/15  7.3 Simplifying Radical Expressions  HW # 9  7.1: 4, 10, 16, 22, 28, 34, 40, 46, 52, 58, 64, 72 
7.2: 1 – 70, every 3^{rd} , omit 49  
Wed  9/17  Review  HW # 10  7.2: 20, 24, 28, 42, 44, 56, 60, 62, 66, 68 
7.3: 4, 10, 16, 22, 28, 34, 40, 46, 52, 58, 64, 70  
Fri  9/19  TEST # 2: 7.1 – 7.3  HW # 11  7.3: 1, 7, 13, 19, 25, 31, 37, 43, 49, 55, 61, 67 
Ch T: 125 all  
Mon  9/22  7.4 Addition/ Subtraction of Radical Expressions 
HW # 12  p. 521: 92 – 102 even p. 528: 50 – 64 even 
p. 536: 76 – 90 even  
p. 548: 7092 even  
Wed  9/24  7.5 Mult/Div of Radical Expressions  HW # 13  7.4: 134, every 3^{rd} problem 
Fri  9/26  7.6 Equations with Radicals  HW # 14  7.4: 2, 8, 14, 20, 24, 30, 32, 36, 38 
7.5: 1 – 58, every 3^{rd} problem  
Mon  9/29  7.7 Complex Numbers  HW # 15  7.5: 30, 32, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60 
7.6: 1 – 40, every 3^{rd} problem  
Wed  10/1  Review  HW # 16  7.6: 18, 20, 26, 30, 38, 41  47 odd 
7.7: 1 – 76 every 3^{rd}, omit 16, 19, 22, 52  
Fri  10/3  TEST # 3: 7.4 – 7.7  HW # 17  7.5: 59 
7.6: 32  
7.7: 8, 12, 14, 38, 48, 64, 68, 78  
Ch T: 2654 omit 45,46,41,42  
Mon  10/6  8.1 Completing the Square  HW # 18  p. 566: 120 all omit 18 
p. 589: 5866 even  
p. 599: 4246 all  
Wed  10/8  8.2 The Quadratic Formula  HW # 19  8.1: 1 – 44, every 3^{rd} problem 
Fri  10/10  8.3 More Solving Quadratic Equations  HW # 20  8.1: 8, 12, 14, 18, 24, 26, 32, 38, 40 42 
8.2: 1 – 46, every 3^{rd} problem, odds opt.  
Mon  10/13  Review  HW # 21  8.2: 14, 36, 38, 42, 48 
8.3: 1  40, every 3^{rd} problem  
Wed  10/15  TEST # 4: 8.1 – 8.3  HW # 22  8.3: 8, 12, 14, 18, 21, 33 
p. 637: 242 even  
Fri  10/17  8.5 Graphing Parabolas  None  
Enjoy  Your  Fall Break!!!  
Mon  10/27  8.6 Quadratic Inequalities  HW # 23  8.5: 1 – 28, every 3^{rd} problem 
Wed  10/29  4.1 Systems of Linear Equations in 2  HW # 24  8.6: 1 – 25, every 3^{rd} problem 
Variables  
Fri  10/31  4.2 Systems of Linear Equations in 3  HW # 25  8.5: 20 
Variables  8.6: 2, 8, 12, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24  
4.1: 4, 12, 15, 18, 24, 30, 33, 38, 39, 44, 48  
Mon  11/3  Review  HW # 26  4.2: 1  22, every 3^{rd} problem 
Wed  11/5  TEST # 5: 8.5, 8.6, 4.1 & 4.2  HW # 27  p. 638: 5358 all 
p. 319: 226 even  
Fri  11/7  3.5 Introduction to Functions  HW # 28  p. 201: 3336 all 
p. 215 3746 all  
p. 642: 120 all  
Mon  11/10  3.6 Function Notations  HW # 29  3.5: 1 – 28, every 3^{rd} problem 
Wed  11/12  9.1 Exponential Functions  HW # 30  3.6: 1 – 46, every 3^{rd} problem 
Supplement Handout on 3.6  
Fri  11/14  Review 3.5, 3.6 & 9.1  HW # 31  Handout 
9.1: 1 – 15 odd  
Mon  11/17  Test # 6: 3.5, 3.6 & 9.1  HW # 32  p. 709: 18 all 
p.245: 2330 all and handout  
Wed  11/19  9.2 The Inverse of a Function  HW # 33  p. 665: 3750 all 
p. 675: 6772 all  
Fri  11/21  9.3 Logarithms are Exponents  HW # 34  9.2: 128 every 3^{rd}, also 11, 27 
Mon  11/24  9.4 Properties of Logarithms  HW # 35  9.3: 1 – 58 every 3^{rd} problem, also 38 
Thanksgiving Break Already!  
Mon  12/1  9.6 Exponential Equations  HW # 36  9.3: 8, 18, 26, 30, 32, 36, 40, 50, 56, 57 
9.4: 1  46, every 3^{rd} problem  
Wed  12/3  Review  HW # 37  9.6: 1 – 19, every 3^{rd} problem 
9.4: 41, 42, 45, 47  
Fri  12/5  TEST # 7: 9.2  9.6  HW # 38  9.6: 3, 5, 9, 11, 15, 17 
p. 709: 9,10,1444 even, 57, 58  
Mon  12/8  Exam Review with Quiz  HW # 3940  Review Sheet 
Wed  12/10  Wrap Up (drop low scores)  
Tues  12/16  FINAL EXAMINATION*  10:15 a.m.  12:15 p.m.  
*Ask  About  additional optional exam review! 
PLAN AHEAD: Do NOT ask to take the exam at any other time because of travel commitments.
4. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
B. Content
Upon successful completion of the Math 101 class, the student should be able to:
• Graph ordered pairs on a rectangular coordinate system
• Graph linear equations by finding intercepts or by making a table
• Graph horizontal and vertical lines
• Find the slope of a line from its graph
• Find the slope of a line given two points on the line
• Find the equation of a line given its slope and yintercept
• Find the slope and yintercept from the equation of a line
• Find the equation of a line given the slope and a point on the line
• Find the equation of a line given two points on the line
• Graph linear inequalities in two variables
• Construct a table or graph from a function rule
• Identify the domain and range of a function or relation
• See the difference between a relation and a function
• Use function notation to find the value of a function for a given value
of the variable
• Simplify radical expressions using the definition for roots
• Simplify expressions with rational exponents
• Multiply expressions with rational exponents
• Divide expressions with rational exponents
• Factor expressions with rational exponents
• Add and subtract expressions with rational exponents
• Write radical expressions in simplified form
• Rationalize a denominator that contains only one term
• Add and subtract radicals
• Multiply expressions containing radicals
• Rationalize a denominator containing two terms
• Solve equations containing radicals by raising both sides to the
appropriate power
• Graph simple square root and cube root equations in two variables
• Simplify square roots of negative numbers
• Simplify powers of i
• Solve for unknown variables by equating real parts and equating
imaginary parts of two complex numbers
• Add and subtract complex numbers
• Multiply complex numbers
• Divide complex numbers
• Solve quadratic equations by taking the square root of both sides
• Solve quadratic equations by completing the square
• Use quadratic equations to solve for missing parts of right triangles
• Solve quadratic equations by the quadratic formula
• Find the number and kind of solutions to a quadratic equation by using
the discriminant
• Find an unknown constant in a quadratic equation so that there is
exactly one solution
• Find an equation from its solutions
• Graph a parabola
• Solve quadratic inequalities and graph the solution set
• Solve systems of linear equations in two variables by graphing
• Solve systems of linear equations in two variables by the addition
method
• Solve systems of linear equations in two variables by the substitution
method
• Solve systems of linear equations in three variables
• Find function values for exponential functions
• Graph exponential functions
• Find the equation of the inverse of a function
• Sketch a graph of a function and its inverse
• Use the definition of logarithms to convert between logarithmic form and
exponential form
• Use the definition of logarithms to solve simple logarithmic equations
• Sketch the graph of a logarithmic function
• Simplify expressions involving logarithms
• Use the properties of logarithms to convert between expanded form and
single logarithms
• Use the properties of logarithms to solve equations that contain
logarithms
• Solve exponential equations
4. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES (cont.)
C. Learning Outcomes*
At Holy Cross College, we have identified a number of Core Competencies which we
hope that all
of our students will exhibit by the time they graduate. The five core
competencies are:
Critical and Creative Thinking
Written and Oral Communication
Personal, Moral, and Social and Cultural Development
Technology and Information Management
Quantitative Reasoning
In our Intermediate Algebra class, the successful student
will achieve the following specific
learning outcomes. The student will be able to:
• Read critically
• Ask relevant, detailed, and probing questions
• Solicit feedback, evaluate, and revise creative products
• Understand and employ the basics of grammar, syntax, and usage
• Listen to and give effective feedback to speakers
• Prepare and deliver wellorganized and coherent oral presentations, with
a clear main point and supporting details
• Defend a point of view with clear, logical, convincing arguments
• Respect self and others and apply the basic principles of effective
social interaction
• Know, accept, and fulfill mature responsibilities, and stand accountable
for their decisions and actions
• Demonstrate operational abilities in information and communication
technologies
• Demonstrate higherorder thinking skills, such as reasoning from
evidence
• Use mathematical principles and skills to help recognize, evaluate, and
solve problems in everyday life
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